Within the Lighted City (Iowa Short Fiction Award) by Lisa Lenzo
English | Oct. 1, 1997 | ISBN: 0877456119 | 113 Pages | PDF | 4 MB
A collection of short stories about Detroiters, or former Detroiters, including a near-albino teenager, an angel, and the Zito family.
Lenzo's nine stories, set in and around Detroit, remove just enough of the solid foundation from beneath her characters' footing. Some, like the teen-agers in "Stealing Trees," imperil themselves without very much outside help, slinking into a ghetto to filch trees they plan to replant elsewhere.